What are some examples of idealism vs. realism in Don Quixote?
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Idealism is the "ideal" perfect situation. Realism is "reality"--how the world really is.
One obvious example of idealism is how Don Quixote believes himself to be a knight. In reality, he is a skinny old man riding a malnourished old horse around the countryside.
He also chooses a "lovely" young lady in whose name he does all his grand deeds. In reality, she has no clue he's doing this.
He fights a "dragon" to rescue the damsel. In reality, the dragon is a windmill.
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